May 16, 2012 by dairycarrie
Meet Brandi the calf. In this picture she is about 4 hours old and is getting her first meal of colostrum. As I was feeding her I realized that one of my favorite things in life is the moment that a brand new calf takes it’s first willing drink. In a calf this young the suckling reflex is all instinct. Sometimes the calf will fight you like you are trying to kill them when you put the bottle’s nipple in their mouth. Sometimes the instinct part doesn’t kick in very quickly and the calf can’t seem to figure out what to do with it’s tongue. It can be frustrating and tries the patience of even the most saintly calf feeder. But then all of a sudden the gears click, they take a little drink, they taste the milk and go to town. I swear you can see the calf “get it”, they relax and all of a sudden I’m not some scary thing, I am transformed into the nice lady with the food. I can’t imagine my life without this simple moment in it.